We live in an age and culture where people frequently change jobs, change residence, change furniture, change cars, change churches, some even change companions. This social acceptance of change has caused a spiritual environment where you can become unsettled and it doesn’t really bother you. A hundred years ago, people didn’t make so many major changes in their lives. They were more settled. I want you to think about this subtle change which is affecting us today.
Colossians 1:23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
It is the will of God that we be grounded and settled in the faith of this gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. How can a person be firmly established in faith if they are unsure about what they believe? How can they have faith to believe if they do not understand? How can they understand if they do not have someone to teach them the truth?
To be settled means “sedentary, immoveable.”We know that Paul is talking about spiritual stedfastness.
But we also know that physical things can affect spiritual things.
If you don’t take care of your body, you can become so physically sick and weak that it can cause you to have spiritual battles. You must not discount or ignore the relationship of physical and spiritual matters and conditions.
What you do physically can affect you spiritually.People who become socially unsettled can also become spiritually unsettled.
People who allow the affairs of this life to so consume their time and energy are in danger of becoming weak in their Christian experience and faith.
1 Corinthians 15:58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
You must guard yourself against those things which move you away from the standard. We have some standards in the church of God and you will be tempted to become so involved with this world that you regularly violate those standards.
The most important standards which we are making reference are:
· Your daily devotions
· Your church attendance
· Your witnessing to the world
· Your prayer and fasting
· Your personal involvement with the work of the kingdom.
These are the areas where the devil will try to move you away from what you should be doing and get you involved in seemingly legitimate necessities. But what can be more necessary than the maintenance of your one eternal soul.
Ephesians 3:13-2113 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
What does it mean to be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ? That big pine tree in front of the church building, it is rooted and grounded. Every time we come to church, it is still there. It has been established for many years. I believe it has withstood some very strong wind storms. We must be like a great tree which can withstand the strong winds of false doctrine. They will come, but we must stand.
Luke 10:38-4238 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha , Martha , thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
What is the one thing that is needful? Keep your focus on Jesus.Don’t get distracted and moved away from the things of God.
Yes, there is work to be done in this world; but there is more important work to be done in the kingdom. I know that people do not realize what is happening to them when they allow the “necessities” of this life to take them away from the things of God and become weak in their souls. Satan is out to rob you of your relationship with Jesus.
Numbers 13:30-14:330 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Numbers 141 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
Looking at the enemy and the conditions of this world will unsettle you.It can even bring you to the place where you think it would be easier for you to go back into sin.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-41 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
We must not allow afflictions and tribulations to cause us to be moved away from the faith of our salvation.We must not allow friends and relatives to cause us to be moved away from the faith of our salvation.
We must not allow false doctrine and hypocrites to cause us to be moved away from the faith of our salvation.
Hebrews 12:27-2927 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Are you part of a kingdom which cannot be moved?Are you easily moved off of the standard and the duty which God has called you to honor and obey?
1 Peter 5:6-116 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Don’t let the battle and the circumstances cause you to take your focus off of Jesus Christ. Don’t be moveable. Don’t give up, don’t give in.Don’t exhaust yourself on the affairs of this life and lose your eternal life.
Too many people allow the things of this world to cause them to miss church.
· They miss the encouragement of the praise service
· They miss the faith building prayer service
· They miss the spiritual food of the sermons
· They miss the burden and joy of the altar work
When you miss these important activities, you do not realize the spiritual blessing you have missed. It is human nature to not miss something you did not experience. When you get to the place where missing church does not cause you great concern, you will go into a spiritual sleepiness and it can be fatal if you don’t get the victory.
We live in a spiritual lukewarm age when people have been moved off of their consecration to the things of God.
You can sit in a congregation where the truth is preached and go to sleep.If you go to sleep, the enemy will come in and ruin your field before you wake up. When you wake up and realize that the enemy has been working on you, you better cry out to God for help. The enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy.